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Thread: Duvet Covers?

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    Duvet Covers?

    Is there anything special I need to do/know about when making a duvet cover? I have a lot of fabric left over from the king size quilt I made for our bed last year and I'm in the process of making a quilt top out of it. (Wayyyyy over bought! ) It dawned on me that I could make a duvet cover for our down comforter to use in the winter. It won't be king sized, the down comforter only measures 81x90. The cover that I have on it right now is a totally different style/pattern, and I think it would look really neat to have a duvet cover out of the same fabric as the quilt, but a different design. I just wonder if there is anything special I need to do. Should I possibly line the pieced top? Or will it be ok as is? I'm probably going to back it with coordinating fabric, I don't know if I have enough of the same fabric that I used to back the quilt.
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    If you do a pieced top for it, I think I would line the pieced part with a sheet or muslin to help make it slide on and off the comforter more easily. Also to keep those seams flat. If the back has only one or two pieces for it, I would probably not line it - but if there are seams in the back, I would either use wide seams or overcast/serge a seam that is 1/2 inch or less.

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    I agree with bearisgray. I'd line the top to make it easier to use and not damage the quilting on the backside of the top. Please post pics.

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    What kind of closing would you make for a duvet cover? Some just have snaps at the top or velcro (store bought) and I don't like either. Would making an envelope flap and using buttons work, or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    I agree with bearisgray. I'd line the top to make it easier to use and not damage the quilting on the backside of the top. Please post pics.
    Why would you quilt the top of a duvet cover with no lining and no batting?

    If you were to press all the seams open, you could topstitch (echo quilt) each block as you made it to seal the seam allowances and then just do the joining seams when the top is finished. It would probably also protect the seams from raveling in the future washings. You could even do the 'quilting' from the backside to make sure you catch all the loose bits. Then there would be no need for any lining at all (less fabric, less work).

    A nylon zipper closure at the botton would be quick, easy, and practical for a cover like this one.
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    I made a quilted duvet cover for my daughter who did not want a quilt. I made the top, backed it and used a very thin wadding before quilting it. Then I added another backing and bound it - so all up you have 4 layers not 3. don't forget to add a extra piece to the opening for the studs. Hope that makes sense.
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    Mine has buttons at the bottom--the buttoned opening is about the middle 2/3 of the width but the corners are sewn.
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    I would quilt the top to a backing to keep the seams from unraveling, and add another side to it to make a duvet cover. A backing might not be needed if the top was appliqued onto a single piece of fabric.

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    I'd line it and lightly quilt it without a batting for stability. Sounds like a great idea.

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    I am attempting to finish my quilt top that I just made for our bed into a Duvet Cover. I am almost finished with the top when I was informed that he did not want to part with his Duvet! So now I am wondering what to do. I don't want to add a lot of weight to the Duvet but I don't want to leave the seams unprotected. someone suggested to quilt it as if I was making a Texas Summer Quilt, I have never heard of a Texas Summer Quilt?

    Since this thread had already been started on Duvet covers I thought I would ask here, any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weezy Rider View Post
    What kind of closing would you make for a duvet cover? Some just have snaps at the top or velcro (store bought) and I don't like either. Would making an envelope flap and using buttons work, or something else?
    When I made one, I did the envelope style at the top. It seemed to work well. I also made button holes on the other end, sewing buttons on the duvet to help keep it straight and together.

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    I've made several duvet covers. The one I have now is a pieced top (using a Kaffe Fassett pattern). I faced it with cheap flannel and quilted the flannel and the top together. Then I used that sandwich as one piece for the top. I used buttons to fasten it, but I won't do that again. I used to use velcro and liked that much better. Plus it's easier to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marytoddliz View Post
    I am attempting to finish my quilt top that I just made for our bed into a Duvet Cover. I am almost finished with the top when I was informed that he did not want to part with his Duvet! So now I am wondering what to do. I don't want to add a lot of weight to the Duvet but I don't want to leave the seams unprotected. someone suggested to quilt it as if I was making a Texas Summer Quilt, I have never heard of a Texas Summer Quilt?

    Since this thread had already been started on Duvet covers I thought I would ask here, any thoughts?

    Thanks Mary

    I am not positive, but I think a Texas Summer Quilt is one made with just the top and backing....no batting.

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    Thank You Dina, that is what I thought. I have decided to use very thin Muslin and quilt it then a sheet for the other side of the Duvet cover. I will try and post a picture when I get it finished. I think I will use snaps to fasten it, we have that on the bed now and they seem to do fine. the hardest part I have is after I wash the cover getting it back on the duvet with out having to crawl inside it to get corners to match up!
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